Barbara McNair

Barbara Jean McNair (March 4, 1934 – February 4, 2007) was an American singer and theater, television and film actress. McNair's career spanned over five decades appearing in television, film and stage. McNair's professional career began in music during the late 1950s, singing in the nightclub circuit. In 1958, McNair released her debut single "Till There Was You" from Coral Records which was a commercial success. McNair performed all across the world, touring with Nat King Cole and later appearing in his Broadway stage shows I'm with You and The Merry World of Nat King Cole in the early 1960s. By the 1970s, McNair gradually changed over to acting in films and television; she played Sidney Poitier's wife in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) and its sequel, The Organization (1971). In her later years, McNair returned to performing in nightclubs and on cruise ships. McNair died from throat cancer on February 4, 2007 at age 72.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 4th, 1934 (Chicago), Died February 4th, 2007 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 103669 11/14/1957 Bobby Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 103670 11/14/1957 Till there was you Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104504 3/4/1958 He's got the whole world in His hands Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104505 3/4/1958 A lover's prayer Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104506 3/4/1958 Flipped over you Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104905 4/30/1958 My heart belongs to Daddy Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104906 4/30/1958 Hello young lovers Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104907 4/30/1958 Old devil moon Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104908 4/30/1958 Alone together Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104909 4/30/1958 Always true to you in my fashion Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104910 5/1/1958 The party's over Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104911 5/1/1958 Whatever Lola wants Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104912 5/1/1958 Steam heat Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104913 5/1/1958 If I were a bell Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104914 5/1/1958 And this is my beloved Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104915 5/1/1958 Love is a simple thing Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104916 5/1/1958 I've got a crush on you Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104977 5/14/1958 Waltz me around Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104978 5/14/1958 Indiscreet Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104979 5/14/1958 See if I care Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 104980 5/14/1958 Too late the Spring Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 106154 11/25/1958 I feel a feeling Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 106155 11/25/1958 Goin' steady with the moon Barbara McNair vocalist  
Decca 106679 2/25/1959 Telephone conversation Barbara McNair ; Billy Williams vocalist  
Decca 106680 2/25/1959 Go to sleep, go to sleep Barbara McNair ; Billy Williams vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McNair, Barbara," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330839.

McNair, Barbara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330839.

"McNair, Barbara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330839

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